But until now your only options have been to use a clumsy Dropbox upload method, experiment with Roadshow's limited Vimeo-only capacity, or pull TED talks down directly through the iPad's dedicated TED app.
Frustrating. You want your YouTube vids, right?
Well, enter TagDiskHD+, the only iPad app that lets you quickly save YouTube videos directly to your iPad with no iTunes sync - and without the resolution limits of a Keepvid upload to Dropbox.
Experiment with the free lite version. But once you see how easy it is, you'll want to spring for the $4.99 paid app for unlimited downloads.
What I love about this app is its simplicity.
- Change the URL in the top browser from http://www.next4phone.com to m.youtube.com.
- Open the separate YouTube browser below it and search for a favourite video.
- Select the video, but don't hit play.
- Click the download arrow to the left of the top browser field.
- Hit OK when the "Enter URL to download" box pops up.
Your video will begin downloading very quickly. To finish:
- Click the "downloads" button at the bottom of the screen to check the progress of your download.
- Once the download's done, click the "disk" button at the bottom.
- Your video is now sitting pretty in the "documents" folder.
Then pull down as many YouTube videos as you want and show your students, colleagues, family, geo-caching club, guitar teacher, etc.
Realistically, this feature should not inspire ooh, aahs and sharp intakes of breath. After all, it's a function that seems so natural. But if you've been searching for a way to do this - and know just how impossible this has been for an iPad that hasn't been jailbroken - you just might gasp, ever so slightly, the first time you see it happen.